The Cost of Tackling Climate Change: “How did we pay for WWII?”

“How did we pay for World War II? At the end of the day when something is this important our economy is going to suffer if we don’t pay for it.”
– Jack Vandeleuv (23), Riverside, Missouri, USA

Fox News are synonymous with the politics of President Trump. So, if the President is a Climate Change denier, then there is a fair bet the Fox Channel will be walking in his shadow. 

On Friday morning, April 5, 2019, they broadcast a short interview with 23-year-old Jack Vandeleuv in Riverside, Missouri, recorded the previous evening. Fox were seeking opinions about the Democratic Party’s support for the ‘Green New Deal’, aimed at tackling the impact of Global Warming and moving the USA towards a sustainable green economy.

Fox News has been awash with political opponents and experts who are undermining the ‘Deal’ on the basis of its financial cost, suggesting it will cost US$93 trillion, a figure that has been consistently debunked.

Then pop’s up a young man who, like young Greta Thunberg, was won over to the Climate Action movement as a child, especially after watching Al Gore’s award-winning documentary film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ in 2006. 

The Fox News journalist, Todd Piro, seemed stunned when young Vandeleuv said he supported additional taxation, if considered necessary. Then he silenced the interviewer with his well thought through logic and anology:

“How did we pay for World War II? At the end of the day when something is this important our economy is going to suffer if we don’t pay for it.”

The Fox News journalist, somewhat incredulous, asked if Vandeleuv really believed if this was as big a deal as the deadliest war in history. Vandeleuv replied:

“A little over 400,000 Americans died in World War II. Climate change is killing 150,000 people per year, at least.”

“Let’s talk about the money, because that’s a huge part of this. How are we going to pay for it?” Piro countered. Vandeleuv responded:

“During World War II, for one thing, the government just pushed some of the cash up front and raised some taxes on some folks. But at the end of the day, it stimulated the economy so much everyone benefited.”

“You are in favor of raising taxes in order to support the Green New Deal?” Pilo asked.

“If that’s the optimal solutions economists sort out, I’ll go with that,” the young man responded.

You can read a Huffington Post report on the encounter, and listen to the interview, by clicking here.